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    I'm ready to ban coffee in my studio ... again.

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    I love the bean, I really do. Java sets my mind (and bowels) in motion. Without it I am nothing.

    That said, I just cleaned up yet another *^)(#^#@ spill of nearly a whole freaking cup of the stuff. I was doing some mixing, tweaking compression on a track recorded long ago and revisited. Thanks to being blind in one eye and a distance focused cataract implant in the surviving eye, my close range vision is the pits. I'm knocking shit over all the time and that includes coffee cups. I'm almost more pissed about wasting a good cup of joe than the mess. At least it was black and no cream to sour nor sugar to attract pests plus the cup was saved before it hit the floor.

    It's just my home studio and I alone am responsible for the mess. Do any of you ban any beverage except say, bottled water? After each clean up I say 'never again' but a month or two later and I'm in there again with coffee. This was an impromptu excursion and I was having a cup after lunch.

    And of course the physics of hot liquids probably make a bigger splatter. When will I learn?

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    I'm a coffee drinker...and in my studio I have one of those small, round coffee warmer plates...so I can brew a cup and sip it warm for a longer time. I don't like to just chug down the cup in 2 minutes.
    I keep the warmer & coffee cup off to my side, where I have to consciously reach for it, and where it's not in line with anything I have to reach for when I'm working. So I've managed not to ever knock it over."
    That said...I've got a couple of cats that like to hang in the studio when I'm working...and they have their perch, which is kinda right above where the coffee is.
    It's not in their way, and they don't come close to it when going up/down to their perch...but a previous cat I (had who died), use to get a bit pissy/aggressive with the female cat occasionally when they would jog for space, and one day several years ago they went at it, and managed to knock over the coffee, break my favorite cup, and left me with a mess.
    Luckily, since it was off to the side, it was mostly a table/floor clean up...and my audio gear wasn't involved except for a few surface splatters.

    So now there's a boy cat (4 years old)...same female cat...and they still like to go up on their perch, and I still keep my coffee in that same spot.
    This "new" cat isn't as pissy as the other one...so they've been real good so far.
    I dunno what it is about my studio...but the cats have always been obsessed about hanging in there...but only when I'm in there working. They don't hang in there on their own.

    Oh...AFA beverages...my good buddy managed to spill a beer a few years ago, even when he was trying real hard to be careful...but it was just some on the floor.
    Otherwise, I don't forbid beverages, I just tell people to put their cups/bottles on the floor...and not on equipment or up where it can be knocked over and end up all over the equipment.

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    Don't ban the bean! Get something like this instead:

    Spill Proof Coffee Mugs: Amazon.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaGtGruff View Post
    Don't ban the bean! Get something like this instead:

    Spill Proof Coffee Mugs: Amazon.com
    Meh...those are OK for on-the-go drinking...but in the studio, I want my favorite ceramic coffee mug, not a to-go contraption.

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    Skip the cup and go straight into the vein.

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    believe me, Chili, I've thought about that on many an occasion.

    somebody suggested those spill proof sippy cups that little kids use. I'm almost seriously considering it. I'd probably have to let the coffee cool a bit before using them. But this is becoming a real issue for me. I've knocked over more cups of coffee in the past 3 years since I lost my eye than I had the previous 57 years on this rock.

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    30 years ago, a client sprayed a carbonated drink all over my control room. All liquids and food have been banned since then.
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    Years ago, one of the guitar players in my band spilled half a bottle of beer into the transport section of my 688 Midi Studio while we were making club demos. All beverages stayed on the floor or across the room after that one. Fortunately, 15 minutes of steady blow-drying with a hair dryer unlocked everything and it never had a problem after that. Hell, it may have even helped by cleaning it out somewhat.
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    Ban coffee?
    I'm more likely to ban electronic equipment!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steenamaroo View Post
    Ban coffee?
    I'm more likely to ban electronic equipment!
    Brilliant ! I should have thought of that

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